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Covidien and Questra launch first remote electrosurgical update system

Covidien : 29 November, 2007  (New Product)
Covidien and Questra have launched the first remote update system in the electrosurgical market - the Valleylab Exchange Software Update System.
The Valleylab Exchange Software Update System is a cost-effective method for hospitals to remotely update the software on the ForceTriad energy platform. Hospitals can extend the capabilities of the energy platform and add support for new surgical instruments with this system, which updates software through secure electronic communications via RS-232 ports. They may also conduct updates over the Internet at their facility - without needing to send the surgical unit to a centre or depot.

'With the launch of the Valleylab Exchange Software Update System, Covidien is the first manufacturer of advanced RF energy-based surgical systems to provide customers with secure, remote software updating and device extensibility,' said Cameron Rouns, vice president of product marketing in Covidien's Energy-based Devices Global Business Unit (GBU).

By streamlining software delivery, hospitals benefit from increased device availability and a noticeable reduction in depot-based software delivery costs. Previously, with Valleylab products in more than 200 countries, the process of updating the software on a surgical system using depot-based service was more time-consuming and expensive. With the Valleylab Exchange Software Update System, the organization can speed the delivery of new features and capabilities and ensure that hospitals can maximise future investments in the ForceTriad energy platform.

'Software management plays an increasingly large role in the market success of innovative medical device manufacturers such as Covidien,' said Walt Rossi, vice president of marketing at Questra. 'The Questra IDM Application Suite includes Questra SoftwareDirector, which enables manufacturers to deliver new software-based device functionality to customers as soon as it is available. Without it, industry-leading systems like the Valleylab Exchange Software Update System for the ForceTriad energy platform wouldn't be possible. Software management is the competitive advantage every device manufacturer, regardless of industry, must have today.'
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